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Augustana Early Learning Center

Augustana Early Learning Center is an outreach ministry of Augustana Lutheran Church committed to quality care and development for each child. We welcome children of different races, genders, cultures, religions, national or ethnic origins, and handicaps. We offer reasonable tuition rates and a grant program in order to serve families from a variety of income levels. 

Augustana Early Learning Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC is the largest and most widely recognized accreditation system for early childhood schools and child care centers in the United States. Accredited schools and centers maintain consistent high quality in all areas of service.  

Program Philosophy
Our philosophy involves offering a quality program within a developmentally appropriate framework. We believe that play is the primary vehicle through which young children learn. We offer a rich array of experiences and activities that are designed to foster self-discovery, autonomy, and freedom to learn and create within a secure environment. Activities are open-ended and non-competitive so that all children may experience success. We see the child as a whole, with needs in all developmental areas: physical, cognitive, social and emotional. We value the diversity that different children lend to our program and promote curriculum and activities that affirm children of any race, religion or culture.

Our Program Offers

  • Small class sizes
  • Qualified, professional teachers
  • Curriculum for total child development
  • An extended arts program
  • Nutritious foods
  • Well-equipped indoor and outdoor facilities

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Ages and Hours of Operation
AELC accepts children from 18 months to school age. Our kindergarten and before- and after-school program picks up children from Palmer and Carson Elementary Schools.

The center is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. We operate year-round and are closed only for major holidays and one week in August each year.

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Children are enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis, with preference given to siblings, church members, and full-time students. We generally have waiting lists.

Tuition Information
A $100 non-refundable registration fee is due upon enrollment. Enrollment fee for each additional sibling is $ 90.

  • Fireflies Room (18 mo. to 2 ½)
    $205 per week
  • Bumblebees Room (2 ½ to 3 ½ )
    $205 per week
  • Ladybugs (3 by Oct 1 and completely potty trained),
    $180 per week
  • Butterflies (4 by Oct 1)
    $180 per week
  • Crickets Rooms (5 by Dec 1)
    $180 per week
  • Before and After School
    • $120 a week before and after school
    • $90 a week after school only
    • $80 a week before school only
    • $26 per day for less than five days (before and after school)
    • $21 per day for less than five days (after school only or before school only)
    • $180/week when DPS is closed (i.e., Christmas, Spring Break)
    • Extra full days:
      • additional $12/day for those paying $120/week
      • additional $16/day for those paying less than $120/week
      • For example, if you are paying $120 per week for before and after care, and DPS is closed for a planning day, your weekly tuition for that week would be $120+$12=$132.

AELC does not enroll before- and after-school children for less than two days per week. There is no reduction in tuition if your child does not attend due to school functions or enrichment activities. 

On non school days, we occasionally have space for siblings and former students to attend, although they may not be enrolled at AELC on a regular basis. These spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. Tuition for these days is at a rate of $40 a day. 

Summer Program (children who are enrolled in before/after school)

  • $100 Activity/Registration Fee
  • $200 per week—full summer
  • $250 individual weeks
  • $50 per day for less than five days—as space is available

There is a 5 percent discount off the tuition for the youngest child when there is more than one child enrolled. All children must be enrolled full-time to get the discount. 

The Center, located at 5000 E. Alameda Ave., is under the direction of Christie Baroody, Director (303-388-7012 or


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Enrollment Forms

Enrollment for 2014 AELC Summer Explorers

Enrollment Form for Preschoolers

Enrollment Form for School Agers


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